Ephedra Vulgaris or Ephedra
Sinica belonging to Ephedraceae Family
Ephedra, Ephedrine, Evulgaris,
Somlatha, Ma huang in Chinese, Mahuang,
Mahung, Ephedrae Herba, Chinese Ephedra,
Mormon Tea, Pinyin, Somakalpa, Pakistani
Ephedra, Chinese Ephedra, American Ephedra,
Europoean Ephedra, etc.
Ephedra is a perennial plant that stands
on average of one foot high, but may grow
up to four feet. It is a small and evergreen
shrub with upright or sprawling stems
and tiny unnoticeable leaves. The dried
stems and aerial parts are usually used.
Ephedra is the Worlds oldest herb used
in Chinese Medicines. Its main active
medical ingredients are the alkaloid called
ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. It is a
natural remedy for various kinds of illnesses
such as acute muscular and bronchial asthma,
cold, nasal congestion, allergies and
fever. It is also used as a headache reliever.
Around the globe ephedra is considered
to be one of the best medicine for weight
loss (for its thermogenic fat burning
properties), as an energy booster and
to enhance athletic performance.